The 16th Lintel Restaurant is all about bringing people together. Everything about this brand new restaurant resolves around its name: The vibe, the décor, the ideals and the food.
The original homestead had a total of 15 support lintels. Keeping true to the Dutch architecture, Mr Malan expanded the building to what Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel is today. With that expansion, he added extra lintels. The first lintel added (the 16th one) was the start of a new era. They saw it fit to name the new restaurant The 16th Lintel, as it too is the start of a new exciting era.
A lintel is seen as a strong, supporting, upholding architectural tool that strengthens a building. The brand new restaurant and the committed team at Kleinkaap also carry those traits. Both the restaurant and the personnel aims to support, uphold and strengthen its visitors and diners. The restaurant name can be seen as the true catalyst of everything about it and inside it.
The 16th Lintel is a place where new ventures can start. Friends planning a once in a lifetime trip, business partners shaking hands on a new deal, couples enjoying wine to celebrate their love. The possibilities are infinite.
16th Lintel has the makings of a good restaurant, the vintage look and Cape-like feel, the natural surroundings and beautiful gardens, as well as the interior resembling an old manor house. However, this restaurant falls well short of any decent fine dining experience.
When myself and my fiancé arrived, there was a wedding taking place. This is to be expected, as the restaurant is adjacent to the boutique hotel/wedding venue, however as we were seated we immediately heard the loud music which was playing for the guests of the wedding. This combined with the soft and tranquil music inside the restaurant made for an unpleasant experience. Once it was time for the wedding to start, the guests began to move through the restaurant toward the appropriate hall for their function, making a noise and bumping into chairs and tables as they peered along. Once they had left and it was finally relatively quiet, one notices the menu and interior of the restaurant. It really does want to be a beautiful venue, but the lack of finishing and rather incoherent choice of furniture does not suite their purpose. The menu for instance, is printed on paper which gives the appearance of being a car wash advertisement, rather than the menu containing delectable items of a fine dining establishment.
The service was not bad, we were seated and received a regular visit from our waiter. When we just arrived however we did feel rather unwelcome, almost as if we were intruding due to the wedding guests peering in and out of the restaurant. Overall though, the service was fine.
Due to the unpleasant start to the evening we immediately went for mains and had the collection of lamb and the sirloin steak respectively. To provide some context, the lamb was R210 and the sirloin R185, well within the realm of acceptable fine dining prices. However both dishes were rather mediocre, firstly we were given no option as to how well the lamb would be cooked (the chef apparently decided on medium-well) and the sirloin was not a decent cut. The additional furnishings of carrots, potatoes, mushroom and broccoli were nicely done although again nothing special.
If what you are looking for is anything resembling a Black Bamboo, Silver Orange Bistro, La madeleine or even de Kloof, please do not set yourself up for disappointment.